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Hodari Brown
Location: Redford, MI United States
Birthday: Jan 12th
Joined: Aug 28th, 2003
About   (request update)
Hodari Pilli-Tourre Brown, a writer, political advocate, political consultant, civic leader and public speaker, has been an intelligent, industrious student who has strived for excellence since his educational career began. He has his own political blog entitled the “Essence of Politics”, which was generated during his internship with the Harold Ford Jr. for U.S. Senate Campaign for the state of Tennessee in 2006. He has also written several articles for newspapers and magazines such as the Meter, the Tennessean, Yard Style, HBCU Connect and the Michigan Citizen to name a few. Hodari tackles political issues both locally and abroad because his wealth of talents and experiences has exposed him to the world at a rate like no other. He has been to all 50 U.S. states as well as several countries abroad including South Africa, Brazil, China, Japan and Venezuela.

Being born and raised on the eastside of Detroit, Michigan in 1985 during an era where most youth are less determined to focus on academics and more fascinated in becoming famous rappers or athletes, Hodari became a new standard of excellence. He persevered through many difficult and challenging obstacles that seem overbearing to many. He was able to deal with his older brother’s suicide, his parents’ separation and divorce, an unstable home, and his families’ financial problems. Through it all, he endured and carried on. He was driven to overcome challenges because in life, nothing comes easy and he felt that is what made him stronger as he obtained a full Presidential scholarship to Tennessee State University during his junior year of high school.

While attending Detroit Public Schools all his life, Hodari became a scholar, athlete, orator and humanitarian which earned him numerous academic and athletic accolades that garnered local as well as national recognition. While a senior at John J. Pershing High School in 2003, Brown accomplished many firsts in Pershing’s, DPS and the city of Detroit history by becoming a National Coca-Cola Scholar, a United States Senate Youth Scholar, a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Presidential Freedom Scholar, a Teen H.I.P. (Helping Influence People) Scholar, a Target Scholar and the first Pershing High School male African-American Valedictorian with a 4.0 G.P.A. while being a Dean of Students Perfect Attendance Awardee, where he never missed a day of school in his thirteen years in Detroit Public Schools.

During his tenure at Tennessee State University, Hodari really blazed a path like no other by being a member as well as an officer in over 30 plus organizations while taking a full load of 21 credit hours practically every semester he attended TSU. On May 3, 2008 at 9a.m., Hodari graduated with an overall G.P.A. of a 3.1 and University Honors while obtaining his B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and a triple minor in History, Geography, and International Relations, becoming the first student to obtain a minor in I.R.

Hodari has obtained national membership in several prestigious organizations such as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Migthy Rho Psi Chapter, Pershing’s Alumni Association, Tennessee State University Alumni Association, Brothers for Love, Achievement, Culture, and Knowledge, Inc. (B.L.A.C.K.), 100 Black Men, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Service Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.)

Hodari follows Ralph Waldo Emerson quote of “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” as his philosophy for life. Hodari is an ambitious service-orientated person whose best attribute would have to be his interest in humanity. He was taught that it is better to give than to receive, which is probably why he dedicates himself to serving his alma maters, his community and his nation in any capacity that he can. Through his community service involvement, he has really grown over the years into a well-respected and dedicated young man. After seeing his first political debate during the 1992 Presidential Election, he has always been fascinated with the field of politics and government. Since then, he has sought to identify his purpose in life and how he can better serve mankind. Thus Hodari’s zest for knowledge and his passion for humanity have led him on a quest to become a lawyer. He will attend Florida A&M Law School in Orlando, Florida this upcoming August where he will study Constitutional and Civil Rights law.

Hodari’s lemons in life became lemonade. His service to others brought joy to his life. Reaching for the stars has shown him that he can be that one shining star that shines with other stars to make a difference for the sake of humanity. He hopes one day to be a role model for his peers and younger brothers and sisters. He is a hard working, self-motivated, academically sound, and well rounded social individual who participates wholeheartedly in life. As you can see by his many efforts to become involved with developing himself as an exemplary leader, he exemplifies the type of commitment to academic excellence and community service that not only a Pershing and TSU alumnus should possess but what a Future Florida A&M Law Student Graduate, a future Attorney, and a Future Politician as well as a United States Presidential candidate for 2024 should strive to represent and uphold.
My Interview Question
Do you believe that it is important to vote in every election (local, state and national)?
Current Whereabouts:
You can holla at me at,, or Depending on where your account is contact me at either one but if you don't have an account at either of those three, than I prefer you to contact at FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I write on my online blog entitled the Essence of Politics, so check out the link and become enlightened on local, state, national, and international political events. I'm an individual who barely sleeps, always working, always planning, constantly analyzing places, people, and things while giving my heart and soul into everything that I do. Working diligently to make a differnce in the world one step at a time is my goal. God has blessed me beyond my years and for that I owe everything to my Lord and Savior! This past summer has helped me change my life and the direction that I am headed. I am a server, a motivator, and a guiding force for the Lord. Therefore, I am who I am! Poem called H.O.D.A.R.I. Have u ever Opened the Door to Another person heart and Realized it was absolutly Incredable, Inrresable, and Inspiring People usually dont look Into the heart, just body cuz Lust Is greater To people in this world. Outer beauty is just that Understand than ur beauty is under that Rumbble and its Remarkable and Estonishing. look Benneth that mirror Reflection to ur Own heart, then u will see just how Wonderful u are and No one could tell u different. i see y u love your whole name!!! Written by Eva McCrary-Boyd
Life & Professional Aspirations:
• Become a famous journalist, book writer or poet • Become a Government Teacher in Detroit on the High School Level or a Social Studies Teacher on the Middle School/Elementary Level • Go into business for myself as an Entrepreneur as a Youth Consultant and Scholarship Advisor • Become a Well Distinguished Civil Rights/Constitutional Attorney in all of America • Become a State Senator/House of Representatives for the state of Michigan • Become Mayor of the city of Detroit • Become Governor of the state of Michigan • Become a United States Senator/House of Representatives from the state of Michigan • Become President of the United States of America 2024
Education   (request update)
Tennessee State University class of 2008
Undergrad Major: Political Science
Campus Organization:
Omega Psi Phi
Claim To Fame:
Being mentioned in the Nashville local paper called the Tennessean during my Freshman year. Also, I got a chance to ask Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, "What makes Saddum Hussein more of a threat now than 15 years ago when you went over and shook his hands as part of a military tactic agreement for Iraq to fight Iran?" Being President of Freshman Class and apart of the Michigan Club where I sit on the Community Service, Fundraiser, Alumni and Publicity committees. Also I would have to say being apart of the Tennessee State Campus Radio and being the only Freshman with a position on the staff (Sports Director and Remotes Coordinator). One additional claim to fame during college would have to be becoming the Best New Tour Guide as well as the Best Dressed Tour Guide for the Office of Admissions and Records. After college my ultimate claim to fame will eventually be becoming the President of the United States of America. I am devoted to becoming President despite of what my critics say. Also my other claims to fame during college is being a National Coca-Cola Scholar, a Gates Millenium Scholar, a United States Senate Youth Scholar, a Target All Around Student Scholar, a TeenH.I.P. (Helping Influence People) Scholar, a Best Buy Scholar, a Superintendent Awardee, a Paul Robeson Scholar, and the first African American Valedictorian with a 4.0 G.P.A. in the history of John J. Pershing High School. Some other notable accomplishments is having my article "The Importance of Voting" published in the Michigan Citizen newspaper in Detroit. Also it is going to be published in a magazine called the "Yardstyle", which is distributed on HBCU campuses across America. My article can be found on the HBCU website under news and events until November 3, 2004. So I encourage any and everyone to check it out because it is not only your right to vote but it is your duty to vote.
Most Memorable Moment:
I got to meet President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. I also meet former VP Al Gore, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpartick, Michigan State Senator Carl Levin, and Colin Powell. Also I got the opportunity to meet Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Senator John Edwards, General Wesley Clark, Senator Joe Liberman, Senator John Kerry, and Rev. Al Sharpton. I enjoyed those moments because that's what I want to become one day. I would also like to set the record straight right quick. I want to first Thank God for blessing me and I would like to give much love and respect to my family (my dad, Muhammad H. Shabazz, my mom, Virginia S. Brown, my sisters, Fulani, Fareeda, Zee, and Katernia, and my brothers, Mensah and Muhammad.) Also I would like to thank everyone who has ever believed in me or who has contributed to my success so far in any way shape or form. Last but not least I want to thank my dearly deceased older brother Muhammad Brown for watching over me all these years and for showing me that I can make something out of myself as long as I stay focused and positive.
University of Phoenix class of
Grad Major:
High School: John J. Pershing in Detroit, MI class of 2003
Activities & Accomplishments:
• Principal’s Honor Roll Awards and Trophies for Academic Excellence (1999-2003) • Dean’s Perfect Attendance List (1999-2003) • Honor Roll Medals (1999-2003) • Honor Roll Award and Trophy (1999-200
Best Memories:
Just as Paul Robeson, I have multiple talents to showcase to the world. I am a scholar, athlete, orator, and humanitarian. Through my determination and moral strength, I have received numerous academic and athletic accolades. I have gained national as well as local recognition for many academic honors similar to those of Paul Robeson. I am a National Coca-Cola Scholar, a United States Senate Youth Scholar, a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Presidential Freedom Scholar, and a Teen H.I.P. (Helping Influence People) Scholar, a Target Scholar as well as a member of the 35th and 36th Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Many of my local honors consist of being the first Pershing High School male African-American Valedictorian with a 4.0 G.P.A. As a Dean of Students Perfect Attendance Awardee, I have never missed a day of school in thirteen years. As an intelligent, industrious student, I strive for excellence. Through my hard work and diligence, I have persevered through many difficult and challenging obstacles that seem overbearing to many. I have been able to deal with my older brother’s suicide, my parents’ separation and divorce, an unstable home, and my families’ financial problems. Through it all, I have endured and carried on. I am driven to overcome challenges because in life, nothing comes easy and I feel that is what makes me stronger. I strive to distinguish myself in all my endeavors. When I see something that needs to be done or accomplished, I take it upon myself to accomplish it and do it. I feel this is what separates me from the rest of my peers and makes me similar to Paul Robeson. My best attribute would have to be my interest in humanity. I was taught that it’s better to give than to receive, which is probably why I dedicate myself to doing countless hours of community service in and out of school. Through my community service involvement, I have really grown over the years into a well-respected and dedicated young man. My efforts are directed to the community at-large, which include working with senior citizens, children, and the homeless. Each community service project has had positive and productive results that have helped me to appreciate and value life. After watching and listening to the senior citizens as a volunteer in the Arts and Crafts Program sponsored by the UAW GM Powerteams at the St. Patrick Senior Citizen Home, this experience helped me to respect life. Serving the poor at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Soup Kitchen on Saturday’s during the month of December, this experience taught me humility. After participating in the Reading Marathon Program with exceptional children I came to appreciate the beauty of laughter. My consciousness was enlightened to the point of knowing how valuable life is and how important it is to embrace our young, our old, and less fortunate. Through my experience of service, I obtained more fervor to encourage other teenagers to look at life as their most precious gift. My favorite volunteer project is the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program Club at Pershing, which is in memory of my older brother Muhammad Brown. I am the President and co-founder of this club. Much of the same things Paul Robeson had to endure to get many of his humanitarian projects up and running I experienced with this program. There were tough times finding support for the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program Club because people tend to shy away from the word suicide. Despite the rejections and naysayers, my patience, determination, and focus gave me the strength to pursue my dream. Now, Pershing is the only Detroit Public School to have a Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Club. When I believe in something, I work toward making it happen no matter how challenging the obstacle might be. Community service projects have helped me develop character. I have grown to love my community and the appreciation I receive from the community brings me happiness and joy. My ultimate goal is to become the President of the United States of America. I will start my career by running for a political office such as city council, the Senate, or the House of Representatives in the city of Detroit or state of Michigan. I will always remember my grass roots because that is where the real political network for the office of Presidency begins. Like Paul Robeson, I recognize all people are important and in order to promote humanity one must be willing to serve. My lemons in life became lemonade. My service to others brought joy to my life. Reaching for the stars has shown me that I can be that one shining star that shines with other stars to make a difference for the sake of humanity. I am grateful to Mr. Robeson for his legacy, and I hope one day to be a role model for my peers and younger brothers and sisters.
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Virginia Union Panther Pride Club
VSU Trojans Club!!
The Lyricist's Lounge: Poetry In Motion
Tennessee State University Club
Blacks in Politics
African Americans Going Against All Odds
Black Empowerment Club
Guestbook Comments
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Tagged by Alexis Johnson on 03/23/2010  
Hi, I am just stopping by your page.Keep up the good work and congratulations on your accomplishments.
Tagged by Ms.Michael BellJunior on 05/03/2009 how are you today .my name is miss andrea from africa i saw your profile today and become very interested .so please it is urgent that you have to contact me immediately through above email id ( so that i will tell you my mind and give you my picture.thanks so much for your understanding .i will be waiting for your reply now . please write me direct with my mail address give you above. warm regard andrea kassala
Tagged by andrea kassala on 04/23/2009  
Everything is well. Thanks for accepting the request:)
Tagged by Alexis Johnson on 03/13/2009  
wow so many accomplishments and nice name as well best of luck to you
Tagged by Shamika Edwards on 09/25/2008  
Hodari, please consider joining If you are going to become president, you will need the women's vote. Besides we need a male's perspective on some of the issues that are raised.
Tagged by C. Joyce Farrar-Rosemon on 08/17/2008  
Thanks for the invite Hodari. Congratulations on your many accomplishments so far. I know that with God's help you can become president! Stay Blessed! Joyce
Tagged by C. Joyce Farrar-Rosemon on 08/17/2008  
hi just wanted 2 stop by and show some love
Tagged by sephanie ramsey on 08/17/2008  
I just wanted to give you a clap or a great job! I know you hear this all the time but, you are blessed, so continue to keep God 1st in your life. Also, continue to know yourself. I am proud of you my young man!
Tagged by Victoria Robinson on 08/13/2008  
What an impressive resume...may God continue blessing you with the desires of your heart!!
Tagged by FAMU Rx on 08/02/2008  
What's up Future PREZ!
Tagged by Regina w on 08/01/2008  
Hello Mr. Hodari spoke at my graduation and what an inspiration you are
Tagged by Jamie Bruce on 07/14/2008  
Thanks Frat! ~Poodles~
Tagged by Tara Wells on 06/27/2008  
No Problem!
Tagged by LaTonya Kirksey on 06/25/2008  
Very prominent! Keep it up brother!
Tagged by LaTonya Kirksey on 06/25/2008  
Keep your head in there Hodari as i'm sure you know this lifestyle is a very demanding one with little room for Keep God first and someday we'll be running against or with one another ultimately helping the world either way
Tagged by Devon Smith on 06/20/2008  
You got my vote!! I've started campaigning for you already!
Tagged by Aminah Abdullah on 06/12/2008  
My you have a busy life. I like to see our BLACK men doing positive things. I see we both have NAACP in common. Be Blessed Dana
Tagged by Dana C. Norris on 06/12/2008  
Hodari you are doing waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much here...
Tagged by **Judith C.L Morris** on 01/09/2007  
hi hodari! how r u doing???? in the world did u find me on here???....wait i thought u didnt like alicia like that???....uh oh i smell a romance!!!
Tagged by KeKe Rogers on 03/01/2006  
Fisk University....Just wanted to show some Fiskite pride on your page!!!!!!!!!!!1866!
Tagged by Sean Nix on 02/28/2006  
Hey hon. I'm sorry that I haven't been a good friend lately. I hope that everything has been well with you though. You're always in my ya...
Tagged by Tonya Richardson on 11/04/2005  
Invitation to the HOTTEST party of the year
Tagged by DJ ReaLystik on 10/06/2005  
WOW! Thats all I can say...BE BLESSED!!!!!! -Kat
Tagged by Kathleen Petrice Lindsay on 08/15/2005  
Sup Tiger? I just wanted to drop by and show you some of that TSU love. It's going to be really cool getting to meet you, and I'm looking forward to the poetry. ~M. Antonio Silas
Tagged by M. Antonio Silas on 08/03/2005  
Sup, dis ya fav kuntry boi, gumbo,say after i get off this sweat suit tour, i will be at TSU to throw a party and do some other promotions, if you u would like to participate or help with promo, send your email, i will add u to a list,
Tagged by GUMBO . on 07/13/2005  
My gosh, after reading your profile i couldnt help but to drope a line. You are doing some HUGE things. i will be interviewing you on CNN in the furure Mr. President. keep going at things the way you are and i am know you will go far
Tagged by Alexandria Jackson on 07/11/2005  
Hey hey hey!!! Just stopping by to return the favor. Thanks for stopping by...God bless...*~ADIOS~*
Tagged by Tempora Fisher on 07/08/2005  
Thanks for the suport pertaining to my future endeavors. In return I wish you luck in all of your endeavors. Stay in touch!
Tagged by Shanita Sanford on 06/27/2005  
Thanks you Hodari, all the way from tennessee state, you know i had to return the VSU love, have a great summer stay focused and you'll be able to meet alot more famous people
Tagged by Erika Jones on 06/26/2005  
thanks for the advice and i have been trying to get n touch wit someone at tsu so that they can send me some pamplets wit pics of the campus and stuff but no one answers do u know another number i can use if so can u please email to me
Tagged by Diamond Allen on 06/25/2005  
Hey whats up, just coming through and leaving some luv on your guestbook, make sure you come by and do the same...Stay Up
Tagged by Tiarea Holmes on 06/22/2005  
There's no doubt in my mind that you won't be the next Colin Powell or Johnny Cohran...i guess better Hodari P.T. Brown. I wish u ALL the best, although you are already a SUCCESS!!
Tagged by Lexi T on 06/04/2005  
Thanks for those words of encouragment. I wish you the most in all that you do. By the looks of it you are on the right path to success. Be blessed and KIT. Bye!
Tagged by Makiva Renee' Van Buren on 05/31/2005  
Thanks for sowin me some luv. God Bless. Stay in touch.
Tagged by JaNese Woolridge on 05/26/2005  
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